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Animal and veterinary science vaccinations

If you’re enrolling in a course in Animal or Veterinary Science, you will come into contact with animals during your program. To ensure your safety, it is a requirement that you have a Q fever screening and vaccination (if required) and are currently immunised against Tetanus.

If your course requires contact with animals, you may be exposed to the risk of infection with Q Fever and tetanus. If you are enrolled in one of the below courses, it is a requirement of your course that you are immunised against infection with Q Fever and tetanus.

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science*
  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies*
  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Agriculture)*
  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience)

*depending on your major selection.

Q Fever

You will first need to be tested, and then receive a vaccination against Q Fever if required. This needs to be done before you commence your first semester of study.

You need to follow these steps to meet your Q fever immunity requirements:

If you don’t provide evidence of the Q Fever Vaccination you may not be able to progress and complete all the compulsory requirements of your course. 

It is your responsibility to ensure you are immunised against Q Fever. You can find more information on the Australian Q Fever Register website.  

Q fever screening and vaccination

It is your responsibility to arrange and pay for your Q Fever screening and vaccination, and this should be done as soon as possible after enrolling in your course.

The screening and vaccination process takes about seven to eight days to complete, and costs approximately $150.

We recommend you arrange an appointment with a health care provider who has experience with Q fever screening and vaccination and is registered with the Q Fever registry. While it is very rare, in some cases people may have an adverse reaction to the vaccination. You can minimise this risk by first having a serology and skin test to determine if the vaccination can be given.

You can arrange screening and vaccination through the following health care providers. You need to provide evidence of your vaccination status before commencing your program. Vaccination certificates must be copied and emailed to  

Registered practitioner



Phone number

Dr Susan Willis

University Health Service

Wentworth Building (G01),
The University of Sydney

+61 2 9351 3484

Dr S Prabhu
Dr M Prabhu

International Travel Vaccination Centre

37 Bligh Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

1300 557 070

Dr Song-HE Nam
Dr Sean Low
Dr Timothy Diep

Hyde Park Medical Centre

175 Liverpool Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

+61 2 9283 1234

Dr Care Wood
Dr Pamela Goodwin
Dr Amgad (Mike) Shenouda

Sonic Health Plus

Level 32,
60 Margaret Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

+61 2 9321 9100

Australian Q Fever Register

You need to register your Q fever immunity status with the Australian Q Fever Register.

The Australian Q Fever Register keeps a secure online record of your immunity status for life. If you need to provide evidence of immunity to Q Fever in future (for example as a workplace health and safety requirement), you can refer your employer or doctor to the register to confirm your immunity status. This prevents unnecessary testing and vaccination.

How to register

Post your Q fever screening and vaccination certificates to the Q Fever Register using the Personal Details and Consent Form.

If you have previous immunity, you should still complete the Personal Details and Consent Form.

Once your details are entered into the Register, you will be emailed a Q Fever Register eStatement (which replaces the previous Q Fever Card). Your eStatement includes your registration number and can be downloaded and saved on a mobile device. You can find about more about the eStatement on the Australian Q Fever register website.

Registered employers and doctors can look up your record using your Q Fever registration number, first name, surname and date of birth.

Record your Q fever registration number

When you receive your Q Fever Register eStatement, you need to provide us with your registration number in the Virtual Veterinary Campus (VVC). We will provide you with access to the VVC and information on how you should do this early in Semester 1.


If you are enrolled in one of the courses that requires contact with animals, you need to be currently immunised against tetanus.

You are responsible for ensuring that your tetanus immunisation is valid and up-to-date. You will need to provide evidence when requested.

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Last updated: 20 November 2018

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